Mar 6, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Attendance: 26,081
Sunderland
0-3
Aston Villa

Love (23'), Oviedo (55')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Grabban (34'), Chester (45'), Oviedo (66' og.)
Chester (35')

Steve Bruce: 'Aston Villa didn't play well'

Steve Bruce: 'Aston Villa didn't play well'
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says that his side "didn't play well", despite recording a 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday evening.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said that his side "didn't play well", despite recording a 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday evening.

Lewis Grabban and James Chester netted, before an own goal from Black Cats winger Bryan Oviedo sealed the win at the Stadium of Light.

Bruce, whose side are well-placed in the playoff hunt after a second successive league win, insisted that they could have performed better in the North-East.

"We didn't play well, we played nowhere near well enough for how we've been playing," the manager told reporters. "We were sloppy and gave the ball away too cheaply.

"The first goal was always going to be the big deciding factor. We've won nine of the last eleven, and drew another one, and people are still above us. Fulham and Cardiff City are having a great run as well, so all to play for.

"[It's a] big game at the weekend, we've got Wolves all of a sudden. If we can turn them over, then we give ourselves a chance. If you're going to be successful you have to win away from home - eighteen months ago, we'd won twice in two-and-a-half years away from home. Thankfully at the minute it's going okay - we've not done anything yet, but we're okay."

Villa could move to within four points of Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with a victory on Saturday.

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